International Trade

  • December 19, 2017

    Neb. Regulators Won't Budge On Keystone XL Route Ruling

    Nebraska utility regulators on Tuesday shot down bids to reconsider approval of the portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that runs through the state — an approval that rejected developer TransCanada Corp.'s preferred route in favor of an alternative route.

  • December 19, 2017

    Toyo Seeks $300K In Fees After $1.6M Contempt Sanction

    Toyo Tire & Rubber asked a California federal court Monday to approve over $300,000 in attorneys' fees and costs after ruling two Chinese companies must pay $1.6 million for violating a judgment barring them from making and selling tires that are “confusingly similar” in appearance to a Toyo tire.

  • December 19, 2017

    Senate Panel Rejects Trump's Pick To Lead Ex-Im Bank

    The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday voted down President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the beleaguered Export-Import Bank, Scott Garrett, who had stirred controversy over his strong objections to the bank when he served as a Republican congressman.

  • December 19, 2017

    MVP: Kirkland's Mario Mancuso

    Mario Mancuso, the head of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s international trade and national security practice, has tackled thorny deals involving significant global regulatory hurdles in the past year, including a $6.1 billion health care industry acquisition for the Blackstone Group LP, securing him a place as one of Law360’s 2017 International Trade MVPs.

  • December 19, 2017

    Tessera, Broadcom Enter Deal To Resolve Patent Litigation

    Tessera Technologies and Broadcom have reached a deal to resolve Tessera’s pending case at the U.S. International Trade Commission accusing Broadcom of infringing its semiconductor patents, as well as other U.S. and international litigation, Tessera announced Monday.

  • December 19, 2017

    Trump Rattles Trade Saber To Buttress Security Plan

    President Donald Trump’s blueprint for U.S. national security released Monday borrows heavily from his trade agenda, placing an onus on strong enforcement and tighter economic engagement with close allies.

  • December 18, 2017

    Tech Group, Apple Urge ITC Not To Ban IPhone In Patent Case

    The Computer & Communications Industry Association and Apple have urged the International Trade Commission to deny a bid by Qualcomm to prohibit the sale of Apple mobile devices that use a non-Qualcomm baseband processor, saying such an order would harm consumers.

  • December 18, 2017

    Turkish Banker Denies Being At Meeting Described By Zarrab

    Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla sparred with a prosecutor in Manhattan federal court Monday, flatly denying that he ever huddled with famed Turkish-Iranian trader Reza Zarrab to discuss ways to help Iran dodge powerful U.S. sanctions.

  • December 18, 2017

    Boeing Squares Off At ITC Against Bombardier Over Duties

    The Boeing Co. Monday slammed competitor Bombardier Inc.’s claims that a proposed plan to produce its C-Series commercial jets in Alabama should exempt the aircraft from a nearly 300 percent tariff, telling the International Trade Commission the Quebec-based aerospace company is advancing a last minute “trust us” defense based on a project that may never come to be.

  • December 18, 2017

    Transpo Dems Push for Stronger Buy America Requirements

    Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure made moves Monday to strengthen Buy America and Buy American laws to ensure that federal funds invested in transportation and infrastructure use iron, steel and other goods produced in the U.S. “to the maximum extent possible.”

  • December 18, 2017

    MVP: White & Case's Farhad Jalinous

    White & Case LLP partner Farhad Jalinous racked up an impressive year of convincing anxious regulators to let his foreign corporate clients enter the U.S. market, closing billion-dollar deals for companies like Safran SA and Fortis Inc. and cementing his spot among Law360’s 2017 International Trade MVPs.

  • December 18, 2017

    CIT Has Questions About Commerce's Chinese Garlic Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade again remanded the U.S. Department of Commerce’s review of duties on Chinese garlic Friday, raising questions about the agency’s use of surrogate values for the products and its selection of financial statements from certain exporters.

  • December 18, 2017

    India Scraps Solar Energy Rules Following WTO Loss

    The Indian government has withdrawn a series of solar energy rules deemed to be illegal trade barriers by the World Trade Organization in an effort to fend off costly retaliation from the U.S., according to a brief notification circulated Monday.

  • December 15, 2017

    Turkish Banker Denies Guilt As Judge Rips Cross Of Ex-Cop

    Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, told a Manhattan jury Friday he was not in on any lawbreaking, taking the witness stand on a day that was punctuated by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman’s sharp critique of the defense’s aggressive handling of a former Istanbul cop.

  • December 15, 2017

    A Chat With Orrick COO Laura Saklad

    In this new monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The first conversation is with Laura Saklad, chief operations officer for Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • December 15, 2017

    As Tensions Over Steel Rise, China Scraps Export Taxes

    The Chinese government is set to remove its export taxes on steel producers next year, state-run media reported on Friday, in a move that will likely further strain its already-fraught ties with critics of its steel policies such as the U.S., Europe and Japan.

  • December 15, 2017

    MVP: Wiley Rein's Timothy Brightbill

    Wiley Rein LLP’s Tim Brightbill has often found himself at the forefront of global trade policy issues, and his recent achievements in trade remedy proceedings on behalf of SolarWorld Americas Inc. have landed him a spot among Law360’s 2017 International Trade MVPs.

  • December 15, 2017

    US Calls Off The Dogs Following Thailand's IP Tweaks

    The Trump administration closed a probe of Thailand’s intellectual property regime Friday following several steps the country took to improve its patent and trademark rules that had frustrated drugmakers and other companies for years.

  • December 15, 2017

    Ghosts Of Trade Deals Past: The Year In NAFTA

    The defining feature of President Donald Trump’s trade policy during his first year in office has been the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a process that has altered decades' worth of Washington orthodoxy and teed up a high-stakes tussle between the U.S. and two of its closest partners. Here, Law360 catches you up on the long road to NAFTA renegotiation.

  • December 15, 2017

    EU Gov'ts Agree To Start UK Trade Talks — With Conditions

    The leaders of 27 European Union countries agreed on Friday that sufficient progress has been made in initial Brexit talks to open negotiations on a transition phase and Britain's future trade relationship with the bloc's single market, but with conditions.

Expert Analysis

  • A Potential New Hurdle For Foreign Investments

    Kenneth Nunnenkamp

    With the United States Foreign Investment Review Act recently introduced in the Senate, foreign investors, U.S. sellers and other concerned parties may soon be required to consider both the national security implications and the U.S. domestic economic impact of their proposed transactions, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Amarin Case Demonstrates Limits Of ITC Jurisdiction

    Matthew Rizzolo

    Last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to institute a Section 337 investigation based on a complaint brought by Amarin Pharma Inc. This decision, departing from the ITC's typical practice, provides insight into the ITC's jurisdiction and deference to sister government agencies, say Matthew Rizzolo and Vladimir Semendyai of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • SDNY Case Raises Provocative Questions On US Jurisdiction

    Louis Rothberg

    U.S. v. Reza Zarrab, set to start trial this month in the Southern District of New York, is likely to affect the manner in which entities and individuals decide to comply with the Office of Foreign Assets Control's secondary sanctions and represents a critical interpretive question regarding the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Remaining Questions About US Paris Agreement Withdrawal

    Silvia Maciunas

    Last week’s annual meeting of the 23rd Conference of the Parties addressed, among other issues, implementation of the Paris climate change agreement. The U.S. has already submitted a notification of its intention to withdraw from the agreement, but because it has been submitted early, it is unclear whether it will satisfy the withdrawal requirements, says Silvia Maciunas of The Centre for International Governance Innovation.

  • A Look At Argentina’s New Anti-Corruption Law

    kim Nemirow

    Argentina took a significant step this month in its efforts to combat corruption. The law creates corporate criminal liability and will have a material impact on a number of companies that now must comply or face significant potential penalties or debarment, say Kim Nemirow and Lucila Hemmingsen of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Gustavo Morales Oliver of Marval O'Farrell & Mairal.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks For Himself

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Creditors’ Options In Venezuela’s Disorderly Default

    Javier Rubinstein

    By analyzing the case law from Argentina’s default in 2001 and the terms of the Venezuelan bonds, it is possible to predict how a disorderly default might play out in Venezuela's debt crisis. Attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP examine key elements from Argentina’s default in order to predict whether history is likely to repeat itself.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • High Court May Quash PTAB, But ITC Practice Will Live On

    Lisa Kattan

    It seems at first glance that the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming decision in Oil States v. Greene's on the constitutionality of inter partes review could cement the fate of the U.S. International Trade Commission as well. But there are two important distinctions between the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the ITC, say Lisa Kattan and Lauren Dreyer of Baker Botts LLP.